United Benefit Advisors Insight and Analysis Blog

Industry Differences Among Health Savings Accounts

Posted by: Bill Olson    Apr 16, 2015 12:00:00 PM

While recent survey data shows that, on average, employers are decreasing the amount they’re willing to contribute to employee Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), there are some industries that have not seen such trends.

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Topics: health savings accounts, HSA, consumer-driven health plan, 2014 Health Plan Survey, HSA funding

Congress Taking (Small) Steps for Employee Wellness Programs

Posted by: Jennifer Stanley    Apr 9, 2015 12:00:00 PM

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) specifically encourages and promotes the expansion of wellness programs in both the individual and group markets. In the individual market, the secretaries of the departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Treasury, and Labor are directed to establish a pilot program to test the impact of providing at-risk populations who utilize community health centers an individualized wellness plan that is designed to reduce risk factors for preventable conditions as identified by a comprehensive risk-factor assessment. Results will be compared against a controlled group.

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Topics: wellness, employee benefits, wellness programs, PPACA Affordable Care Act, 2014 Health Plan Survey

PPACA’s Impact on How CDHPs and HSAs Work Together

Posted by: Bill Olson    Mar 31, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Employer health savings account (HSA) funding strategies have changed in recent years in response to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and its impact on employer-sponsored health insurance plans. Employers are contributing less, on average, to HSAs and the increase in popularity of cost-saving consumer-driven health plans (CDHPs) has also had a major impact on how employers use these accounts.

In 2014, employees saw a 10 percent decrease in their average single HSA employer contribution from the previous year, from $574 in 2013 to $515 in 2014, according to new data released from the 2014 UBA Health Plan Survey, the largest health benefits survey in the nation. Average family contributions also decreased 7 percent during the same period, from $958 to $890.

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Topics: health plan benchmarking, CDHPs, PPACA Affordable Care Act, health savings account, HSA, consumer-driven health plan, 2014 Health Plan Survey, HSA funding

The State of Healthcare Insurance – The Top Five Highest and Lowest Costs of Health Insurance

Posted by: Peter Freska    Feb 17, 2015 1:06:07 PM

With health care expenditures in the United States fast approaching 17.7% of gross domestic product (GDP), the cost of health care is a valid concern. Additionally, as employers of all sizes reel in the wake of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the question they still beg to question is: How much does health care cost?

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Topics: health care reform, PPACA, 2014 Health Plan Survey, cost of health care

Harvard Professors Fall Out Of the Ivory Tower with Health Care Hikes

Posted by: Josie Martinez    Jan 20, 2015 12:00:00 PM

The New York Times recently stirred up a media firestorm when it reported about Harvard University professors who were lambasting the health care increases they were facing this year.

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Topics: UBA, health care, PPACA Affordable Care Act, ivory tower, harvard, Josie Martinez, professors, 2014 Health Plan Survey